Summer Camp Guide: From rock guitar to British soccer
by Sue Magouirk and Maryanne Jackson
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These days, there’s more to summer camp than s’mores and sleeping in cabins. Not that there’s anything wrong with s’mores. But some parents and kids want a different summer experience. This year, there are a wide variety of day camps in the area, from Anniston to Oxford, Gadsden to Talladega.

OUTDOORS CAMPS Camp Cottaquilla

• 256-237-2825, www.girlscoutsnca.org

Operated by Girl Scouts, this is a 3,000-acre traditional camp in the foothills of the mountains. Day camp is open to all boys and girls, and resident camp is open to all girls, not just Scouts. The camp is recognized as a Certified Wildlife Habitat site, attracting a variety of birds, butterflies and other wildlife. Lake for boating and fishing, swimming pool, new low ropes course, archery and rifle range, rock climbing, crafts, games. Accredited by the American Camp Association.

• Ages 5-12

• June 6-10, June 13-17, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (drop off begins at 7:30 a.m., pick-up ends at 6 p.m.)

• $125 per week

Camp Lee, Anniston

•256-238-8941, www.camplee.org

This traditional outdoor camp, run by Anniston First United Methodist Church, hosts a day camp with games, crafts, Bible study, swimming, creek walk and natural rock slide.

• Grades K-2 (must have completed grades), June 6-10, K-2 June 20-24

• Grades 3-5, June 13-17, June 27-July1

• 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

• $80 per week

YMCA Camp Hamilton

• 256-238-YMCA or 256-832-YMCA, www.ymcacalhoun.org

Outdoor camp features swimming, sports, archery, hiking, etc.

• Ages 6-12

• May 31-Aug. 12, 6 a.m.-6 p.m

• $85 per week for facility members, $140 per week for program members

YMCA Counselor Leadership in Training Camp

• 256-238-YMCA or 256-832-YMCA, www.ymcacalhoun.org

Day camp at Y-Camp Hamilton, Anniston, features swimming, hiking, canoeing, etc.

• Ages 13-15

• May 31-Aug. 12, 6 a.m.-6 p.m.

• $75 per week

DAY CAMPS YMCA Kinder Camp, Anniston

• 256-238-YMCA or 256-832-YMCA, www.ymcacalhoun.org

Day camp at the YMCA in downtown Anniston features swimming, games, movies, playground, etc.

• Ages 3-5

• May 31-Aug. 12, 6 a.m.-6 p.m.

• $85 per week for facility members, $140 per week for program members

YMCA Y-All Nights

• 256-238-YMCA or 256-832-YMCA, www.ymcacalhoun.org

Overnight lock-ins at the YMCA features swimming, games, movies, snacks and light breakfast.

• June 10, June 24, July 22, 7 p.m.-7 a.m. Pre-register by Thursday of each week. Additional $5 late fee on Friday.

• $15 for facility members, $20 for program members

City of Anniston day camps

www.annistonal.gov

Swimming, drama, contests, arts and crafts, music, field trips, sports, dance and more, offered at Hodges Community Center, Wiggins Community Center and Truman Gym.

• Ages 5-12. Five-year-olds must have completed kindergarten during the 2010-11 school year.

• May 31-Aug. 12, 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

• $20 registration fee. $45 per week for city residents/$50 per week for non-residents. $12 daily.

NATURE/ANIMAL CAMPS Anniston Museum of Natural History

• 256-237-6766, exts. 116 or 114, www.annistonmuseum.org

Explorers Day Camp: Adventures in Science. Live animal encounters and adventures.

• Grades 1-4

• June 14-17, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

• $130 for museum members, $140 non-members..

Kids Night at the Museum: Activities include a flashlight exploration of the exhibit halls, a live animal experience, nature/science games and crafts, plus roasting hotdogs and making s'mores in the Tree House outdoor pavilion.

• Ages 7-12

• June 30, 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m.

• $20 for museum members, $25 for non-members, $10 for siblings. Deadline for registration is June 24.

JSU Field Schools

• 256-782-8010, www.jsu.edu/epic

Little River Canyon Camp: Hands-on environmental education camp at Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne. Outdoor fun, arts and exploration of nature.

• Ages 7-11

• June 1-3, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

• $100 (includes lunch and supplies). Camp is limited, register early.

Nature & Arts Camp: Hands-on environmental education camp at Martin Hall on the JSU campus. Outdoor fun, hikes and arts.

• 7-11 years

• June 7-9, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

• $150 (includes lunch and supplies). Camp is limited, register early.

Greenager Nature & Arts Camp: Hands-on environmental education camp at Martin Hall on the JSU campus for kids who have completed at least three years of other field school camps.

• 11-14 years

• July 12-14, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

• $200 (includes lunch and supplies).

Parent/Child Ethnobotany Camp Weekend: Parents and children can learn about edible plants and their medicinal uses at DeSoto State Park in Mentone.

• Parents with children ages 8-18

• June 3-4

• Campfire talk, 8-9 p.m.; Saturday program, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

• $30 adult/$15 child (does not include lodging. For lodging/camping reservations at DeSoto State Park call 1-800-ALAPark, www.alapark.com/desotoresort.) Pre-registration required.

Parent/Child Native American Pottery Workshop: Join potter Tammy Beane, to learn how pottery was made on Lookout Mountain thousands of years ago.

• Ages 5-18

• July 16, 10 a.m.-noon

• $20 adult/$15 child (includes clay, bone needles and paddles). Pre-register early to assure your place.

ARTS CAMPS Star Camp for Kids

www.theashlandtheatre.com

Acting, puppets, theatrical makeup, improv, technical theater, directing, stage lighting and sound, movement and how to audition, held at Historic Ashland Theatre, a restored movie house-turned-stage.

• Grades 2-12

• June 6-10, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

• $80. Registration deadline is May 30. Email robin@theashlandtheatre.com or call 256-488-9619.

Arts Camp

• Heritage Hall Museum, Talladega, 256-761-1364, heritagehallmuseum.org

Drawing and painting, pottery and sculpture, music and theatre, and dance and creative movement.

• Ages 7-13

• June 27-July 1, July 11-15, 8 a.m.-noon

• $100 per camp

Summer Odyssey, The Donoho School

• The Donoho School, Anniston, 256-237-5485, www.donohoschool.com. Must register by May 20. Children must be entering grades indicated in the fall.

ACT Preparation Camp

• Grades 10-12

• June 6-10, 10 a.m.-noon, 1-3 p.m.

• $125

Study Skills for Success

• Grades 4-6

• June 6-10, 9-11a.m.

• $125

Study Skills for Success

• Grades 7-11

• June 6-10, 1-3 p.m.

• $125

Volleyball

• Grades 5-9

• June 6-9, 8:30-10:30 a.m.

• $85

Karate for Kids

• Grades K-3

• June 13-17, 8:30-11 a.m.

• $100

Creative Writing & Illustration

• Grades 3-6

• June 13-17, noon-2 p.m.

• $95

Kids Can Cook!

• Grades 3-6

• June 13-17, noon-1:30 p.m.

• $85

Creative Writing Workshop

• Grades 7-12

• June 13-17, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

• $85

Creative Clay

• Grades 2-6

• June 14-17 and June 20, 2-5 p.m.

• $155

Girls Basketball Camp

• Grades 4-12

• June 13-16, 8:30-10:30 a.m.

• $85

Boys Basketball Camp

• Grades 4-6

• June 13-16, 8:30-10:30 a.m.

• $85

Boys Basketball Camp

• Grades 7-1

• June 20-23, 9-11 a.m.

• $85

Rock Guitar Camp

• Grades 4-10

• June 20-24, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

• $195

Football Camp

• Grades 2-6

• July 5-8,.8:30-10:30 a.m.

• $85

Football Camp

• Grades 7-12

• July 5-8, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

• $85

Etiquette and Manners

• Grades 3-7

• July 11-15, 1-3 p.m.; July 15th, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

• $125

Let’s Act Up: Learn how to put on a play

• Grades 2-4

• July 11-15, 10 a.m.-noon

• $85

Back to School with Study Skills

• Grades 4-6

• July 11-15, 9-11 a.m.

• $125

Back to School with Study Skills

• Grades 7-11

• July 11-15, 1-3 p.m.

• $125

Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts

• Gadsden, 256-543-2787, www.culturalarts.org

ARTmoves Summer Camp: Classical, contemporary and folk dance, hand percussion and visual arts, fused together.

• Ages 5-13

• June 27-30, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Registration May 12.

• $110

How Stuff Works Day Camp: Have you ever wondered how potato chips are made? What happens to stuff after it's put it in the recycling bin? How planes fly? Then this is the camp for you.

• Grades 1-5

• June 20-24, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• $185

Kids Camp: Younger children will learn about people in the community using the different exhibits in KidsTown USA! “Build It” in the construction pit, the "Bone Dance" in the medical clinic and more.

• Grades Pre-K and kindergarten

• July 11-15, 9 a.m.-noon

• $100

Teen Extreme Camp: Learn survival skills, hike, mountain bike, kayak and possibly zip-line. Ends with a trip to a water theme park on Friday.

• Grades 6 and up

• July 25-July 29, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

• $225

JSU Continuing Education

• 256-782-5918, www.coned.jsu.edu

Easy as A.C.T.

• A.C.T. preparation class

• Ages 14 and older

• June 6-9, 9-11 a.m.

• $75

JSU Athletic Camps

• 256-782-5871, www.jsu.edu/coned

Boys Basketball

• Grades 1-4

• June 6-8, 9 a.m.-noon

• $75

Boys Basketball

• Grades 5-8

• June 6-8, 1-4 p.m.

• $75

Girls' Basketball

• Grades 2-6

• June 13-16, 8-11 a.m.

• $60

Girls' Basketball Shooting Day Camp

• Grades 7-12

• June 13-16, 1-4 p.m.

• $60

Baseball Little League Camp

• Ages 7-14

• June 6-9, times and cost to be announced

Boys Basketball

• Grades 7-12

• June 9, 9 a.m.-noon.

• $50

Softball Fundamentals Camp

• Grades 1-6

• June 6-8, 9 a.m.-noon

• $100

“Change Up” Pitching Softball Camp

• Requires four or more years' pitching experience

• July 11, 1-3 p.m

• $30

Softball Advanced Fundamentals

• Grades 7-12

• July 11-13, 9 a.m.-noon

• $100

Softball Beginners Pitching Camp

• For students with less than four years' pitching experience

• June 9, 9-11 a.m

• $50

Softball Hitting Camp

• June 27-28, 9 a.m.-noon

• $90

Volleyball Individual Skills Camp

• Middle and high school students

• July 18-19, 9 a.m.-noon

• $125

Volleyball Advanced Skills

• Must have mastered basic skills

• July 6-8, 1-4 p.m.

• $100

Volleyball General Skills

• Introductory skills

• July 6-8, 9 a.m.-noon

• $100

Football Individual Camp

• Grades 7-12

• July 11-12, times to be announced

• $200

Cocky Kid Football Camp

• Grades 1-6

• July 14-15, times be announced

• $50

Soccer Youth Development Camp

• Ages 7-13

• July 25-28, times be announced

• $65

College ID Soccer Camp/Elite HS Soccer Camp Overnight

• Ages 14-18

• July 29-31, times to be announced

• $275

British Soccer Camp

www.challengersports.com



Anniston Sports Complex: First Kicks, Mini-Soccer, half-day and full-day. Sponsored by Anniston Parks & Recreation.

• Ages 3-17

• June 20-24, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

• $78-$179

Pell City Civic Sports Center: First Kicks, Mini-Soccer, half-day and full-day. Sponsored by Logan Martin Soccer Association.

• Ages 3-14

• June 27-July 1, 9 a.m.-noon, 5-8 p.m.

• $75-$120

Gadsden State Soccer Fields: Mini-Soccer, half-day and full-day. Sponsored by Etowah Youth Soccer Association.

• Ages 4-18

• June 20-24, 9 a.m.-noon, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

• $90-$175

Heflin City Football Fields: First Kicks, Mini-Soccer, half-day. Sponsored by Heflin Parks and Recreation.

• Ages 3-16

• July 11-15, 9 a.m.-noon, 5-8 p.m.

• $68-$108

Jacksonville Parks and Recreation: First Kicks, Mini-Soccer, half-day. Held at Frog Town Soccer Complex.

• Ages 3-14

• July 25-29, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

• $73-$113

Talladega Parks and Recreation: Mini-Soccer, half-day, full-day. Held at Ben Burner Sports Complex.

• Ages 3-16

• June 20-24, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 5:30-8:30 p.m.

• $91-$156

Jacksonville Parks & Recreation

• 256-435-8115, www.jacksonvillerecreation.com

Girls Volleyball Camp

• Grades 4-6

• June 6-8, 10 a.m.-noon

• $25

SUMMER READING PROGRAMS Oxford Public Library

• 256-831-1750, www.oxfordalabama.org

Events include children's theater performance, McWane Center's Science Wonders of the World, Anniston Museum of Natural History's animals from Alabama, Skip Cain the Magic Guy, and Movie Day.

• Ages 2 and up

• May 31-July 1, 11 a.m.

• Early registration and kickoff, May 5, 4 p.m. The 2 Branch Wild West Show will perform.

Public Library of Anniston and Calhoun County

• 256-237-8501, www.anniston.lib.al.us

Events include Starshine Faces, JSU Drama Department, Atlanta Puppets, Anniston Museum's Awesome Animals from Around the World, Mr. J's Magical Show, Storytime, Make-and-Take Day (crafts) and Teens Cook (for teens 13 and up, teens must register).

• May 25-July 8, times vary

Hobson City Public Library

• 256-831-7069, www.hobsoncityhall.com

• "One World, Many Stories." Children will be able to read books and log the titles to receive prizes throughout the summer. Various special events will be scheduled. _• June 1-July 29_• Registration and open house, May 4, 4:30-6:30 p.m.; Summer Reading Kick-off event, June 1, 2 p.m. Performance artist Safiya Johnson with the Good-Times Children's Theatre Company will present "Folk Tales from Around the World."_

Jacksonville Public Library

• 256-435-6332, www.jacksonvillepubliclibrary.org

• "One World, Many Stories." Enjoy new books, story times, crafts, prizes, coupons and professional entertainment. Calendar of events available at sign-up and online. Events begin June 3, 6:30-8 p.m., with the "Magical Fires of Polynesia" hula and fire dancing.

• May 31-July 8

• Register online May 14-27 or at the library May 31-July 1.
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